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Roiphe, Katie (Author); Freud, Sigmund; Sendak, Maurice; Sontag, Susan; Thomas, Dylan; Updike, John

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1st Printing. Signed. 310 pages. Published in 2016. The author's book-length account on subject. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out upon publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Katie Roiphe's "The Violet Hour: Great Writers At The End". How six iconic writers in the Western tradition, very different from one another, faced The End to their productive and meaningful lives: Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak, and James Salter. Regardless of the time of death, Western culture, especially her most vehement writers, views death as night, the "violet hour, the evening hour that strives homeward, and brings the sailor home from sea" (T. S. Eliot). "In the final acts of each of these creative geniuses are examples of courage, passion, self-delusion, pointless suffering, and superb devotion. There are also moments of sublime insight and understanding" (Publisher's blurb). "A beautiful book. The intensity of these passages is deeply beguiling" (The New York Times). For these great writers (and for their fellow-writer Roiphe), death is a meaningful part of life, not a meaningless statistic. Why? Because when the moment comes, we see what we have achieved for ourselves (in terms of career, wealth, social status, and recognition) in its proper perspective. We realize that what finally matters is our track record as human beings, that is, not only as achievers, but also what we have done for others: Those we know - family, friends, colleagues, loved ones - and in some sense, through the way we have lived our lives, those we don't know: Our fellow citizens and our fellow human beings. Our culture makes us think of mortality merely as two kinds of speed: (mercifully) sudden or (agonizingly) slow. Roiphe describes a third, more meaningful kind: Heroic. After all, these writers have already ensured that they will live on through their work, have therefore outwitted death, and achieved immortality. And yet, as one of them famously wrote, the fully human way is to "rage, rage against the dying of the light" (Dylan Thomas). An absolute "must-have" title for Katie Roiphe collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Katie Roiphe 3/25/16 New York City". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Roiphe launched the book in New York City. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the launch event during which her signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: By the time Roiphe launched her book in public, it was already a bestseller. Many copies available online and in bookstores are in subsequent printing. This is a copy of the true First Edition. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KATIE ROIPHE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0385343590. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: From one of our most perceptive and provocative voices comes a deeply researched account of the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak, and James Salter—an arresting and wholly original meditation on mortality.

In The Violet Hour, Katie Roiphe takes an unexpected and liberating approach to the most unavoidable of subjects. She investigates the last days of six great thinkers, writers, and artists as they come to terms with the reality of approaching death, or what T. S. Eliot called “the evening hour that strives Homeward, and brings the sailor home from sea.”

Roiphe draws on her own extraordinary research and access to the family, friends, and caretakers of her subjects. Here is Susan Sontag, the consummate public intellectual, who finds her commitment to rational thinking tested during her third bout with cancer. Roiphe takes us to the hospital room where, after receiving the worst possible diagnosis, seventy-six-year-old John Updike begins writing a poem. She vividly re-creates the fortnight of almost suicidal excess that culminated in Dylan Thomas’s fatal collapse at the Chelsea Hotel. She gives us a bracing portrait of Sigmund Freud fleeing Nazi-occupied Vienna only to continue in his London exile the compulsive cigar smoking that he knows will hasten his decline. And she shows us how Maurice Sendak’s beloved books for children are infused with his lifelong obsession with death, if you know where to look.

The Violet Hour is a book filled with intimate and surprising revelations. In the final acts of each of these creative geniuses are examples of courage, passion, self-delusion, pointless suffering, and superb devotion. There are also moments of sublime insight and understanding where the mind creates its own comfort. As the author writes, “If it’s nearly impossible to capture the approach of death in words, who would have the most hope of doing it?” By bringing these great writers’ final days to urgent, unsentimental life, Katie Roiphe helps us to look boldly in the face of death and be less afraid.

Praise for The Violet Hour

“A beautiful book . . . The intensity of these passages—the depth of research, the acute sensitivity for declarative moments—is deeply beguiling.”The New York Times Book Review

“Profound, poetic and—yes—comforting.”People

“Unconventional, engaging . . . [The Violet Hour] is at once scholarly, literary, juicy—and unabashedly personal.”Los Angeles Times

“Enveloping . . . I read it in bed, at the kitchen table, while walking down the street. . . . ‘What normal person wants to blunder into this hushed and sacred space?’ she asks. But the answer is all of us, and Ms. Roiphe does it with grace.”—Jennifer Senior, The New York Times

“A beautiful and provocative meditation on mortality.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A tender yet penetrating look at the final days . . . Roiphe has always seemed to me a writer to envy. No matter what the occasion, she can be counted on to marry ferocity and erudition in ways that nearly always make her interesting.”The Wall Street Journal

“Here is a critic in supreme control of her gifts, whose gift to us is the observant vigor that refuses to flinch before the Reaper. . . . She knows that true criticism does not bother with the mollification of delicate sensibilities, only with the intellect as it roils and rollicks through language.”—William Giraldi, The New Republic

About the Author: Katie Roiphe is the author of several books, including The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism; Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages; In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays; and a novel, Still She Haunts Me. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Harper’s, Vogue, Esquire, Slate, and Tin House. She has a Ph.D. in literature from Princeton University and is the director of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Publisher: New York City, NY: The Dial Press
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